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Hi everyone, Newbee with 24/7 pain.........

Jun 01, 2017 1:47 PM

I'm a young fifty-nine year old male with Cervical Radiculopathy C5-C6-C7.
The pain is unbearable in my chest, left arm/elbow and wrist and lately, past week, the pain is increasing to the point where I can no longer sit or stand up, or incur any weight from the neck up.
I exercise my neck muscles daily.
Medications: lyrica, Tylenol 3, medicinal canabis oil.
At first, I can only get a date to see a neurosurgeon for Jan. 2018. Can you believe that? Up here in Canada, there's a big shortage of Neurosurgeons and psychiatrists!. This is the part of universal healthcare where it lacks. For immediate attention,no problems, but for long term specialists there's a problem.
Just my two cents here, and by the way, I want to thank you all for your comments, ideas and careful considerations in this community. It's good to know That you're all out there and care for each other.

Jun 01, 2017 2:01 PM

Welcome to the community ko95. We all have different diagnosis but all know chronic pain. I'm sorry for the pain you're having. I have fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with arthritis in my hips and spine. I hope you find what you're looking for here.

Jun 01, 2017 4:10 PM

Oh no so sorry to hear! I had similar issues & had ACDF surgery, helped a lot. I wish it was a faster appt for you! Hang in there! When nothing works I do slow deep breathing & picture my body healing... helps a little. Gentle Hugs!

Jun 02, 2017 10:34 AM

Deep breathing is so helpful. If you do the deep abdominal breath in on the out, you stim the vagus nerve which interrupts nerve pathways causing muscle relaxation. This is a good go to for me as I have fibro which is a constant over excitation of the nerves to the muscles.

Jun 02, 2017 4:41 PM

Thank you so much for the breathing suggestions. They help a lot to relieve the pain.
I also found a way around that eternal appointment date from Feb. 2018 to September, and now I have an apppointment for NEXT WEEK!
I'm wishing for an immediate recovery, but realistically, what can I expect from the neurosurgeon in the upcoming appointments?
How can I prepare myself for him?

Jun 02, 2017 10:13 PM

Try to find a Bowen therapist near you. They work to help relieve nerve pain and over firing. I have seen many cases from my therapist of her healing things such as this and and helping someone paralyzed to feel again

Jun 03, 2017 5:38 PM

Have you tried a tens unit? Some find it amazing others find it kinda whatever. I have one and sometimes it is a big help other times the only thing that helps is a long soak in Epsom salts. All of my T-Spine is fused. Just one long Harrington rod. My joke is I have more metal in me than most cars. I have had a few other surgeries aswell. By the way welcome to the family!

Jun 04, 2017 6:37 PM

I don't know if this is safe Or not for you.... Please find out before using it

It can do 1 pound increments up to 50 pounds of pressure traction. It can incline to help set up the right traction for you.

I have my own after using one at therapy. 2 minutes traction then 2 minutes rest. Repeats 3 times 2 times a day (morning/night) I'm using about 25 pounds of pressure. Can't have my neck "cracked" by a chiropractor (they can use the actuator but doesn't feel like it helps me)

Anyway. You control everything in your hand. You can look you the name and get more information.

I hope this may help or lead to something that can. Praying for you.

Jun 04, 2017 7:36 PM

That's like the one I have. I got it after going to PT multiple times. I'm afraid to use it if I have arthritis

Jun 04, 2017 8:56 PM

I would ask your Doctor... Could continue to give you relief. I just have damage left from arthritis and they side it is ok and give me some relief from it.

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